Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
In Teotitlán del
St. John the Evangelist
| Saint John the Evangelist
The figure wears a white robe. The right hand has been tied to the torso so that the chalice can be held forth, and the chalice is tied to the hand. The left hand hangs loosely at the side. On the right arm, blue paint is visible above the flesh-colored wrist. The right hand is badly damaged, with stumps of fingers remaining. Reddish wood can be seen in the breaks. The head looks upward, set at a strange angle.
Local Name: San Juan Evangelista.
Basis for Identification: Chalice in right hand, goatee and moustache.
Other characteristics: White robe, white tasseled stole fringed in gold.
Site: Church of Santa María
de la Natividad (Preciosa Sangre de Cristo),
Teotitlán del Valle.
Location: Right end of the retablo of the first large altar along the south wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Frame
body, fabric garment.
Wood, gesso, paint (face and hands). Eyes: glass. Hair:
Size: About 4½
feet (135 cm.)
Moving to the right, we find a small altar with a statue of St. Francis
references to the cardinal directions always assume
that the main altar is at the east end of the church,
the narthex or entry area at the west end, and the two
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.
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